Press TV, Manchester
See a ring of steel, and a little army of police, think the British Conservative party, here in Manchester for their annual conference with the party leader pitching his Building Back Better mantra yet again.
Crashing the party, thousands of protesters from far and wide to tell the PM he and his clique are not welcome. There's an array of groups and protesters demonstrating against everything the Conservative government stands for.
From its domestic policy to foreign policy, from its pandemic response to its participation in foreign wars and supporting foreign occupation. And they say examples of the government's failures aren't too difficult to find.
Another reason that's brought these demonstrators here, the controversial policing bill, that gives UK police sweeping powers.
As a result of what critics call Conservative government inaction, the UK has experienced one of the highest COVID death tolls in world, massive economic downturn, a humiliating retreat from Afghanistan, hiking taxes, fuel disruptions and a rise in Islamophobia and xenophobia over the past two years.
A decade of Conservative rule in the UK has led to a groundswell of public dissatisfaction which experts say will manifest itself in the 2024 general election.